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Legal news from Tuesday, March 31, 2009
by Andrew Morgan

A Thai court on Tuesday ordered demonstrators to allow limited access to Thailand's seat of government in response to a complaint filed by the Office of Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva. The Bangkok Civil Court issued an injunction ordering protesters to remove road blocks which had been erected to block access to Government House. Red-shirted …

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by Andrew Morgan

The South African Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) on Tuesday held that the judges of the Constitutional Court acted lawfully in filing a grievance against Cape Judge President John Hlophe alleging that Hlophe had tried to influence their decision in a corruption case against African National Congress (ANC) leader Jacob …

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by Bhargav Katikaneni

UN Deputy Secretary for Legal Affairs Pamela O'Brien apparently signaled a shift in official UN position by expressing sympathy for Rwanda's desire to try any remaining genocide suspects in Rwanda after the International Criminal Tribunal For Rwanda (ICTR) is supposed to stop functioning in 2010, according to a Monday report. O'Brien, who …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday in Gross v. FBL Financial Services, in which the Court will decide whether a plaintiff must present direct evidence of discrimination in order to obtain a mixed-motive instruction in a non-Title VII discrimination case. The …

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by Brian Jackson

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has signed into law a bill which significantly reduces women's rights, including legalizing rape within a marriage, the Guardian reported Tuesday. Critics allege that Karzai signed this bill, which has not yet been made public, to increase support among Afghan Shia and Hazara who support the law, …

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by Amelia Mathias

A judge in the US District for the Middle District of Pennsylvania issued a temporary restraining order Monday blocking child pornography charges against three teenage girls who appeared in photographs distributed by cell phone throughout their high school. Wyoming County District Attorney George Skumanick Jr. had told the girls and their parents that unless the …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed as improvidently granted the writ of certiorari in Philip Morris USA v. Williams. The Court had originally granted certiorari to consider for a third time a $79.5 million punitive damages verdict against tobacco company Philip Morris USA. The Court previously …

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by Eszter Bardi

Former Khmer Rogue  leader Kaing Guek Eav [TrialWatch backgrounder, JURIST news archive], also known as "Duch," on Tuesday formally accepted responsibility and apologized for the torture and murder of an estimated 12,000 Cambodians at the prison he ran for the regime. Kaing made the admission during his trial before the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) …

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by Adrienne Lester

A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia  granted a joint motion Monday for a stay of proceedings against Yemeni Guantanamo Bay detainee Ayman Saeed Batarfi, allowing for his eventual transfer. Batarfi, one of the longest held terror suspects at the military prison, had been detained without charges as an enemy …

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by Andrew Gilmore

North Korean state media outlet Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported Tuesday that indictments are being prepared against two American journalists detained earlier this month while allegedly attempting to enter the country illegally from China. Laura Ling and Euna Lee were reporting on North Korean refugees in China for Current TV …

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by Andrew Gilmore

Israeli military officials closed an internal investigation Monday into allegations of war crimes committed by Israel Defense Forces (IDF) personnel against Palestinian civilians, concluding that there was no wrongdoing. The investigation was launched last week by the IDF in response to comments made by soldiers concerning reports of civilian killings and vandalism under …

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